This picture was taken in Sacramento near the capitol steps prior to voting on Proposition 8, the proposition that banned gay marriage in California. While I find this man’s views appalling, I think he has a right to express them. And although I find his views abhorrent, I prefer someone who is clear on what they think about these issues, who at least is honest about what he thinks, who doesn’t provide mealy-mouthed, watered-down versions of his truth. But I wonder how many Mormons would be as honest as this one? Or how many Mormons would agree with what this man is proclaiming for Mormonism?
I had my first ever writer’s anxiety dream last night. I was set to speak at what I thought was a librarian’s house, although her house turned out to be this old abandoned warehouse plus old falling-down house, the kind of scene you might expect Hostel II or Saw V to be filmed at. The kind of place that, in most dreams, I’d be invited to “speak” for a crowd, then slowly dismembered while the audience cheered. Read More
In a letter to a high school student who is concerned that parents are trying to censor two of Pat Conroy’s books in West Virginia, Pat Conroy delivered a few quotable lines that I love:
Â ”I have yet to meet an English teacher who assigned a book [in order to] to damage a kid….I loathe it when they are bullied by know-nothing parents or cowardly school boards.”
“People cuss in my books. People cuss in my real life. I cuss, especially at Citadel basketball games.”